I have begun using Chatterboxes as a tool for Tuning In. The idea came from Kath Murdoch’s book Classroom Connections: Strategies for Integrated Learning. Although you can do this by hand and have children color it themselves which helps them to create meaning, I made an electronic template to edit according to each current Unit of Inquiry. (See below for the Pages document you are welcome to download and a slide show on how to fold it).
I also noticed two colleagues, John Wolfe and Carla Heard, asking their classes to Tune In by “unpacking” their Central Ideas using what I will call a Word Walk.
Carla uses Bus Stops (a form of round robin) for each student to explain each meaning of the key words, which are color coded, within her class’ Central Idea. Meaning is discussed and displayed in some form.
John (the slideshow shown below) asks groups to discuss and write their combined and agreed meaning on sticky notes to then place around each key word for permanent display and for referral throughout his class’ Unit of Inquiry.
This week, I will be trying a combination of both.
I will ask students to individually respond to the meaning of the key words which are color coded by using sticky notes to place on the display.
From this I will be able to assess their ideas and knowledge for discussion and couple it with their own questions further planning of the Unit of Inquiry ahead.